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Field Trips 2016-2017

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Here is a visual tour of our field trips this academic year.

International Travels: Athens, Corinth, Nafplio, Delphi, Mycenae, Olympia, and Meteora in Greece; Chandigarh, Amritsar, and Dharamshala in India; Vienna and Salzburg in Austria, Cabella Ligure in Italy, Zermatt in Switzerland.

California Science Center: We spent a day at this museum and our favorite was the science behind Pixar exhibition.

Swan Lake Ballet: We saw the performance of Swan Lake at Tupelo High School.

Huntsville Space and Rocket Center: We spent two days visiting this museum and it was so worth it.

3 Origami Classes with Mrs. Kyoko Okamoto.  She taught origami to homeschoolers and each class was at least an hour long.  She taught them to make crane, balloon, rose with leaves, ninja star, heart and samurai hat. The result of these origami classes is that Kabir is obsessed with origami especially his heart is set at making 1000 paper cranes.  He has already made more than 200 paper cranes.

 

New Orleans: We spent a day at the National World War II museum in New Orleans.  It is huge and it is really worth spending an entire day over there.  Next day, we visited the museum of New Orleans learning the history of New Orleans and, we also visited Audobon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium where the boys enjoyed eating bugs.

Introduction of Japanese Culture with Mrs. Kyoko Okamoto.  She showed us photos of her family in Japan, Japanese currency and books in Japanese language.  We made miso soup and rice ball with her.  We learnt to use chopsticks.  It was just so wonderful that the boys are really hoping to visit Japan one day.

Deer Dissection with Mr. Nate.  Amit took both boys and all three of them enjoyed thoroughly learning deer anatomy.  I was glad that I wasn’t with them.  To me, it’s brutal!

Thanksgiving Meal with Homeschoolers.

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The Shakespeare Mix-up performance by Pied Piper Players.  This play was hard for Arjun but surprisingly, Kabir really enjoyed it.  We enjoyed it too.

Backyard Astronomy with Mr. Bob Swanson.  Bob is the most enthusiastic teacher I have met.  We learn so much from him each time.  The mobile planetarium is just perfect for kids.

Food Webs and Owl Pellet Dissection with Ms. Brandy Watson.

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Piano Master Class with Mark Valenti at Blue Mountain College.  Mark Valenti is a concert pianist from Chicago.

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Three Rivers Landfill in Pontotoc.  This place is just so awesome and educational!  It made me proud of our government that takes care of environment but it made me sad to realize how much trash we create!

Decorate a Pumpkin contest at Lee County Library.

Frog Dissection with Ms. Brandy Watson.  Arjun refused to participate in this event but he observed while Kabir dissected.

Arizona and Utah: We visited Saguaro National Park, Sedona, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon.

Hernando de Soto Encampment at Natchez Trace Parkway

5 Homeschool Days in Memphis Zoo: Each class is 2-hour long.  Topics covered: Tundra, Animal defenses (unique ways animals attack and defend), Properties of Matter (how do temperature, density, volume and buoyancy affect animals) and 2 Dissection Days. Kabir did shark and drum fish dissection, and Arjun did earthworm dissection and owl pellet.

Scavanger Hunt at Natchez Trace Parkway.

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Oren Dunn Museum: We got a guided tour of the museum and also, we enjoyed Colors of our South Exhibition.

Road Trip to Texas: We visited many sites on the way and back from Texas.

Berlin in Germany: We spent a week in Berlin.  We did everything related to World War I and II and Cold War.  Arjun created a travel journal about our trip to Berlin.  After Berlin, we spent a weekend in Cabella Ligure in Italy.

 

Career Quests 2016 – 2017

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

We have begun career quests again this school year.  Boys love it and they look forward to many more this year.

Career Quest #1

We visited E911 office, Elmo’s Military Surplus (boys loved this store), Saltillo City Hall, and House of Bounce.  At the city hall, we met the Mayor, City Clerk, public works director, main street director, zoning enforcer, fire chief and police chief.  Each one of them gave a talk and enlightened us about their job and department.  We visited police department and fire department.  Here is the visual tour of our first career quest of this school year.

You may wish to read about Career Quests for the previous school year.

American Revolution and Boston

Friday, June 19th, 2015

If possible, after reading about American Revolution, one really needs to visit Boston!  It is going to make you remember all that you read for the rest of your life.

We spent two days walking the Freedom Trail.  We visited museums along the way.  Kids did scavenger hunt at Old South Meeting House and we met Sally Hutchinson, the daughter of Governor Hutchinson (reenacted by a lady) and experienced what was it like during those days.  We took part in the Boston Tea Party by throwing tea down the ship.  Afterwards, we sipped tea and enjoyed scones.  We spent one day at Provincetown, MA.  This is where pilgrims first landed.  We spent one day at Plymouth, MA.  In Plymouth, we did the walking tour, visited the Mayflower II and Plymouth Plantation.  We wished we had more time in Plymouth.  We wished we could have visited Minute Man National Historic Park.  We had such a great time that I am pretty positive that we will do the same and probably more when Arjun reads about American Revolution.

Cost Rica Study & Travel

Monday, February 9th, 2015

We studied Costa Rica during the month of December and January.  As always, we started the process by completing the fact sheets for this small country and updated our religion and population graph.

 

After having learnt about this country from books, it was time to experience it first-hand.  We visited Costa Rica for about a week.  It was one of our best trips.  After having magical moments in Costa Rica, we came back and recorded our experience in detail on an online journal at Mixbook.com.  Kabir worked really hard on this project.

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Arjun made “Capi Capi” t-shirt for himself and Kabir made “Pura Vida” t-shirt for himself.

Then we met with our homeschool friends for Central America party.  As part of the presentation, Kabir and Arjun presented our online travel journal named Costa Rica.  After the presentations, we sampled delicious Central American cuisine.

Both the kids earned Costa Rica stamps in their pretend passport!  Now, we are off to England!

Field Trips – Sept – Oct 2014

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

We have been super busy with field trips.  Here’s the list of field trips that we have attended with our homeschool groups in these last two months (sorry, I am not good at remembering to take photos and so, we don’t have that many photos but we did learn a lot):

Oren Dunn Museum – learnt about blacksmithing, history of Tupelo, Veteran’s museum and so much more.  If you live in Tupelo and have never been to this museum, I highly recommend it.  We actually celebrated Kabir’s birthday here and it was a big hit with all the kids.

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Renasant Center for Ideas – it was enlightening to learn how and where small businesses can get help and also, a brief idea about how to start a business.

Philips Day-Brite Factory Tour – here we had an intense lesson on physics.  They have an amazing model of eye.  We had no idea how much is going on within the factory.

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Brice’s Crossroads Visitor Center and Battlefield – we are reading American history and so, this field trip couldn’t have been at a better time.

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Chickasaw Nation Education – we are reading American Indian history and so, this was just perfect to accompany our studies.  This was one of those field trips that I’ll never forget.

Wise Family Farms – sunflower maze, picking cotton, learning about different varieties of pumpkin, wagon ride and finally, picking our pumpkin.  Kabir found blue moon pumpkin and my mother-in-law made delicious pumpkin vegetable.  We are supposed to make pumpkin pie with the leftover half of blue moon pumpkin.

WTVA – tour of local TV station and listening to our weatherman, Matt Laubhan, talk about weather and his career.

In September, we tagged along with Amit to Washington DC and spent a week of intense field trips in Washington DC.  We spent a day in each of the following Smithsonian museums.

National Museum of the American Indian – we spent two days here as this was Kabir’s favorite museum.

Kids with medicine bags

Kids with medicine bags

National Museum of Air and Space – in this museum we focused on hand-on interactive programs.  There are 3 different demonstrations each day and we attended all 3 of them.  We attended 1 program in the planetarium and watched 1 iMax movie.

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National Museum of Natural History – we spent the entire day here and Kabir could definitely spent another day here if we had more time.

National Zoo – this zoo is free and not too big and overwhelming.  So, we could visit the entire zoo in a day.  It was fun!

Also, we spent about 2-3 hours at Lincoln Memorial.  We did visit the White House from outside.

The White House

The White House